Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Amida
|Archeparchy of Diyarbakır
Diyarbakır'dan bir Archeparchy
|(as of 2013)
|Established||1553 (As Eparchy of Diarbekir)
3 January 1966 (As Archeparchy of Diarbekir)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Diyarbakır|
|Patriarch||Louis Raphaël I Sako|
|Apostolic Administrator||François Yakan|
It was first established in 1531 as the Chaldean Diocese of Amid(a), but was left vacant after the Assyrian Genocide and lapsed after the death of its Archbisop in 1923. Its episcopal see was historically located in Diyarbekir, and it still is in modern day, but the archeparch (or archbishop) now resides in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.
In June 1915 it gained territory from the suppressed Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Seert (now a titular see), and again on 3 July 1957 from the suppressed Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Gazireh (which isn't even a titular see anymore). It was promoted to an Archeparchy (Eastern Catholic archdiocese) on 3 January 1966 and a new Archbishop was ordained to fill the role. Since that point, it has been the sole Chaldean Diocese in Turkey, and in effect resides over all of Turkeys Chaldeans.
The most recent data indicates that the Chaldean population is 7,640, up from 6,000 in 1980.
- Gabriel Batta (1966.01.03 – 1977.03.07)
- Paul Karatas (1977.03.07 – 2005.01.16)
- apostolic administrator François Yakan (2007 - ... )
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